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Arsenal officially announced club captain Per Mertesacker will become the club’s Academy manager next season meaning he will retire at the North London club.
Reports claims the Gunners are already looking for a possible long term replacement for the German defender and have identified Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.
Arsenal join the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City for the Netherlands defender .
The Dutchman Virgil van Dijk has attracted interest from a number of the Premier League’s big clubs.
Virgil van Dijk has reportedly spoken to Southampton to underline his wish to leave the club amid Arsenal transfer.
However, the 26-year-old very much remains on Arsenal’s radar and the former Celtic star is reportedly ready to take matters into his own hands in a bid to force through his dream move to the Emirate Stadium.
Southampton continue to insist that they do not want to sell the Dutch prospect, but the 26-year-old appears to be swaying towards leaving the club this summer.